TMA in­te­gra­tion with MGA will bring added ben­e­fits

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

IT’S OF­FI­CIAL .... TMA is in­te­grat­ing with the MGA! The in­te­gra­tion vote was the cul­mi­na­tion of two years’ work by the TMA Com­mit­tee and the MGA Board, de­signed to bring the two as­so­ci­a­tions to­gether for their mu­tual ben­e­fit.

The pro­posal was an­nounced to mem­bers on 11 April 2017 and at a lunch hosted by TMA at Leonda By The Yarra. On 22 June TMA mem­bers voted unan­i­mously to ap­prove in­te­gra­tion of the As­so­ci­a­tion with the MGA.

The TMA will change its name to Tim­ber Mer­chants Aus­tralia and will be a dis­tinct divi­sion within the MGA. Mem­bers will have ac­cess to all the ser­vices pro­vided by the MGA, as well as tim­ber in­dus­try-fo­cussed ad­vo­cacy pro­vided by Eric Siegers and Jos De Bruin, the CEO of MGA.

“TMA mem­bers are not just re­tail­ers – our mem­bers are whole­salers, tim­ber pro­ces­sors, man­u­fac­tur­ers, saw millers, truss and frame man­u­fac­tur­ers, and har­vest­ing con­trac­tors, as well as tim­ber and hard­ware mer­chants.

“This is why it’s im­por­tant to stress that in the new struc­ture we will have tim­ber-fo­cussed peo­ple work­ing on is­sues that mat­ter to our in­dus­try,” said Eric.

“On top of this, we will have ac­cess to a greater range of re­sources than we can cur­rently source. In­stead of just one in­dus­trial re­la­tions ad­viser, mem­bers will have ac­cess na­tion­ally to four ad­vis­ers, in­clud­ing Emma Watt. This will in­crease the prob­a­bil­ity that you will get your queries an­swered im­me­di­ately. And for mem­bers op­er­at­ing across the coun­try, it in­creases the scope of our ser­vices,” he said.

TMA will still of­fer OHS / WHS haz­ard iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, risk as­sess­ment and sys­tem au­dit ser­vices, util­is­ing the skills and ex­pe­ri­ence of a tim­ber in­dus­try au­di­tor.

“Our re­la­tion­ships with train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions will be strength­ened, and MGA de­liv­ers train­ing pro­grams that are rel­e­vant to all busi­nesses, as well as re­tail spe­cific train­ing cour­ses.

“By ex­pand­ing their hard­ware and tim­ber mem­ber­ship, MGA will un­der­pin their growth as a na­tional em­ployer as­so­ci­a­tion ser­vic­ing our in­dus­try. There are many syn­er­gies be­tween the work the two as­so­ci­a­tions do for mem­bers, and by com­bin­ing our ef­forts, we can achieve a bet­ter out­come for your busi­nesses,” he said.

TMA will ap­ply to the Fair

Work Com­mis­sion to dereg­is­ter the or­gan­i­sa­tion in ac­cor­dance with the Fair Work (Reg­is­tered Or­gan­i­sa­tions) Act 2009 (Cth). The Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion will bal­lot mem­bers to de­ter­mine sup­port for can­cel­la­tion of the TMA’s reg­is­tra­tion, so mem­bers will be asked to vote for­mally by post on this as­pect of the change.

Once reg­is­tra­tion has been can­celled, the Tim­ber Mer­chants’ As­so­ci­a­tion (Vic) (TMA) will be wound up. We will still be known as the TMA (Tim­ber Mer­chants Aus­tralia), a part of MGA, with a na­tional reach and fo­cus.

TMA mem­bers will then trans­fer to MGA as As­so­ciate Mem­bers, and all func­tions of the TMA will in­te­grate with MGA.

Both Eric Siegers and Emma Watt will work with MGA to con­tinue to ser­vice TMA mem­bers.

The man­age­ment and com­mit­tees of both MGA and TMA started work­ing to­gether from 1 July. The for­mal launch of the TMA divi­sion of the MGA will be an­nounced in a few months.

The TMA Com­mit­tee of Man­age­ment will re­main in place for con­ti­nu­ity, and will con­cen­trate more on in­dus­try is­sues af­fect­ing the mem­bers they rep­re­sent na­tion­ally.

MGA In­de­pen­dent Re­tail­ers is a fast mov­ing, ag­ile and for­ward-think­ing em­ployer or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­port­ing 2500 In­de­pen­dent Su­per­mar­kets, Liquor Re­tail­ers and 60 tim­ber and hard­ware Stores in Aus­tralia.

As a na­tional em­ployer or­gan­i­sa­tion, their role is to sup­port em­ploy­ers with ar­eas of their busi­ness that they may not have the time, money or re­sources to fo­cus on.

They pro­vide the fol­low­ing ‘back of house’ sup­port ser­vices to mem­bers: Le­gal and HR/IR Ser­vices; Train­ing Cour­ses; Ad­vo­cacy and Rep­re­sen­ta­tion; Net­work­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties; En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency In­for­ma­tion; Up-to-date In­dus­try News.

MGA ini­tially started out as Mas­ter Gro­cers As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria (MGAV) in 1898 as the ‘Gro­cer’s and Trav­eller’s’ club with an an­nual sub­scrip­tion of 5 shillings.

In 2006 Mas­ter Gro­cers As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria ex­panded na­tion­ally and be­came Mas­ter Gro­cers Aus­tralia.

In 2009 MGA ab­sorbed the Liquor Stores As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria (LSAV), which re­sulted in the form­ing of Liquor Re­tail­ers Aus­tralia.

In 2011 MGA ab­sorbed the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­tail Gro­cers Aus­tralia (NARGA).

In 2013 MGA ex­panded again and took on Mitre 10 stores as mem­bers.

In 2015 Mas­ter Gro­cers Aus­tralia re­branded as MGA In­de­pen­dent Re­tail­ers.

■ Eric Siegers

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